Tuesday, January 29, 2013
ORNL in the News

Lithography technique opens door to 2D electronics

(Radio-Electronics.com) US researchers are edging closer to two-dimensional electronics after "merging" graphene with hexagonal boron nitride. Rice University scientists have combined the two materials into atom-thick sheets and fabricated a variety of patterns at nano-scale dimensions...The interface between elements, seen clearly in scanning transmission electron microscope images taken at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, shows a razor-sharp transition from graphene to h-BN along a subnanometer line...1/28

Carbon fiber production begins in new Oak Ridge facility

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Years of research and millions of federal dollars later, production of lower-cost, super-strong, super-light carbon fiber began Wednesday in a new facility...The $34.7 million Carbon Fiber Technology Center was built and equipped through a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as stimulus funding. It's owned in a joint venture that includes R&R Properties of Oak Ridge and is leased to Oak Ridge National Laboratory...1/25



National Lab Helping to Train Operators for Next Generation of Power Plants

(Energy.gov) Thanks to the Energy Department’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), students at one West Virginia college will soon be able to get valuable hands-on control room experience with cleaner-burning coal-fired power plants...1/25

K-25 clean-up milestone

(Oak Ridger) ...It was a cold but sunny morning Wednesday at the East Tennessee Technology Park, as area news teams gathered to record the completed demolition on the north end of the K-25 building...1/26

State & Regional

State of the State: Haslam urges more spending for higher ed, technology

(Nashville Tennessean) Gov. Bill Haslam touted his education initiatives on Monday night in his annual State of the State address at the Tennessee State Capitol...1/29

East Tennessee

Stage is set for fracking to boom in East Tennessee

(AP) East Tennessee in coming years may find itself front and center in the growing debate over fracking — the hydraulic or nitrogen gas fracturing of shale rock deep underground to free natural gas...1/28

Tennessee Valley Authority, EPRI build prototype solar-assisted EV charging station

(Renewable Energy Magazine) The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), America's largest public power provider, and Silicon Valley-based Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have unveiled plans to build a prototype of an integrated solar-assisted electric vehicle charging station at the institute’s Knoxville, Tenn., research laboratory...1/28

Recording for the Blind closing Oak Ridge office

(Oak Ridger) Recording For The Blind & Dyslexic in Oak Ridge is closing its 205 Badger Road office over the next two weeks. The more than 60-year-old local institution — currently called Learning Ally — will reportedly close due to financial issues...1/24

science & technology

Mysteries of Spider Silk Strength Unraveled

(Science Daily) Scientists at ASU are celebrating their recent success on the path to understanding what makes the fiber that spiders spin -- weight for weight -- at least five times as strong as piano wire...1/27

Bacteria In Earth's Atmosphere May Affect Cloud Formation And Climate

(Popular Science) Vast populations of microbes live between four and six miles above the Earth’s surface in the upper troposphere, an atmospheric zone considered at best a pretty lousy location for life. They might be living at those altitudes and feasting on carbon compounds that are helping warm the planet...1/28

Letters of Alfred Russel Wallace go online

(Nature) Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace are credited for co-discovering evolution by natural selection in early 1858. But on one morning back in the summer of 1852, as Wallace had just finished his breakfast, evolution nearly went up in smoke...1/24

One in, two out: Simulating more efficient solar cells

(PhysOrg) Using an exotic form of silicon could substantially improve the efficiency of solar cells, according to computer simulations by researchers at the University of California, Davis, and in Hungary...1/28

Urban Heat May Warm Faraway Places

(National Geographic News) Scientists have long invoked the "urban island heat effect" to explain why cities are generally hotter than suburban and rural areas. More people, as well as more cars, houses, and paved surfaces, turn energy into heat, which is radiated into the atmosphere...1/28

Other Stories

Suicidal Sensors: Darpa Wants Next-Gen Spy Hardware to Literally Dissolve

(Wired News) Forget about a kill switch. Planned obsolescence? Already obsolete. The Pentagon’s blue-sky researchers want tomorrow’s military hardware to literally cease to exist at a predetermined point...1/28

In China, Beware: A Camera May Be Watching You

(NPR) China is becoming a surveillance state. In recent years, the government has installed more than 20 million cameras across a country where a decade ago there weren't many...1/29